ICON’t tell what it is…

This morning, I was perusing an article on NPR about humanitarian icons. The short of it is - UNOCHA (United Nation's Humanitarian Agency) has created 295 icons to help convey useful information. 295? Wow! That does seem excessive. Why not create a new icon language and stack a few icons together to communicate? Oh wait,... Continue Reading →

SQL Server: Splitting Strings

Today I was asked how to extract the directional component from a street address. For example, the following 3 street addresses should have a directional value of 'East': E Street East Road Big River Blvd E My first approach was to do the old fashioned case statement. Select street_address , case when address like 'E%'... Continue Reading →

Where are all the Salmon?

Wendy's recent article about migrating salmon got me thinking about our local Orca population and how these magnificent creatures have been struggling of late. Killer whales like to snack on salmon. And with all the news stories about emaciated Orcas, where's their salmon? What was the salmon tally this year? Is there a decline in... Continue Reading →

We’ve come a long way and …

My 16 year old daughter recently participated in the Western Aerospace Scholars (WAS) sophomore program. She spent 3 days researching, learning and designing a rover for a robotic mission to Mars. What fun! I was curious about the demographics of her co-participants, specifically, how many other young ladies were participating in the program. Reason for my curiosity;... Continue Reading →

HOT Key off the Press Tip: Copy Path

Want a quick way to copy your file's path and paste into that email to send to your fellow coworkers? In Windows Explorer, hold the SHIFT key while you RIGHT-CLICK on your file name and select Copy as path. Then paste into your document and voila! You have your entire path in quotes. So simple!... Continue Reading →

Summer = Sunscreen

Last weekend, my family went camping. It was our first exposure this year to our medium yellow star and as always, we forgot about “carefully” applying sunscreen on our virgin skin. By the end of the day, my daughter’s fair skin looked like preschoolers finger painted sunscreen. She sported some lovely patterns of white and... Continue Reading →

Waterlogged Data

It's humorous to me that when talking about data, somehow we end up referencing water. Whether it's data flow, data lakes, waterfall (not really data but had to throw it in). As a Pisces and a data lover, I'm rather down with this water concept. But with all these terms out there, I thought it... Continue Reading →

Lady with the Lamp

Lately, I’ve been fascinated to learn about women data pioneers. Florence Nightingale was a nurse. But did you know she was also a statistician? In fact, she was the first female to be elected into the Royal Statistical Society. That’s really cool! Flo (as I call her for short) created a way to graphically represent... Continue Reading →

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